Creek Fire Evacuation Map for Camp Pendleton, Fallbrook As Blaze Burns 3,000 Acres

Residents in Fallbrook in California and the Camp Pendleton military base were ordered to evacuate their homes after a wildfire that erupted late Wednesday night rapidly burned around 3,000 acres in a matter of hours.

The Creek Fire broke out near Fallbrook at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday before spreading quickly to Camp Pendleton.

The Marine Corps base said a mandatory evacuation order was issued for the DeLuz Family Housing, Wounded Warrior Battalion, and Lake O'Neill Campground areas.

An interactive map on the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services' website shows large swaths of Fallbrook were also under a mandatory evacuation order after the fire started in the 37000 block of De Luz Road and quickly spread to nearby Camp Pendleton.

Update: fire is ~3,000 acres. https://t.co/ijV5fS8VvY

— Camp Pendleton (@MCIWPendletonCA) December 24, 2020

Homes along De Luz Road in the area of the fire were also under mandatory evacuation, authorities said.

The North County Fire Protection District tweeted that although the fire was moving away from Fallbrook, evacuation orders were still in place.

"Fire is still moving away from Fallbrook, but this can change with a wind shift," the agency said, adding that everyone living within the purple grid on the interactive map should leave their homes.

Those areas would be the first to be impacted if the wind shifted, the agency said in another tweet.

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Large swaths of Fallbrook, California is subject to mandatory evacuation after a fire broke out and rapidly burned more than 3,000 acres, San Diego County Office of Emergency Services

According to Camp Pendleton, the fire had charred approximately 3,000 acres by around 7 a.m. local time on Thursday. It was not clear how contained the blaze was, but officials reported that it was 35 percent contained in an earlier update that reported it at around 750 acres.

Cal Fire San Diego urged residents on Twitter to "stay alert for updates and if you feel threatened, evacuate early."

In a later update, the agency announced new evacuation orders and warnings for 7,000 residents on the west side of Fallbrook, south of Main Avenue and South Mission Rd.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said deputies were going door to door alerting residents in the area in the early hours on Thursday.

"A wildfire is burning in the area of De Luz Rd and Sandia Creek in @SDSOFallbrook," the department tweeted at around 1 a.m. "Deputies are making door to door notifications to warn residents living along Patton Oaks Rd, Shady Lane, Darla Lane and a portion of Main Ave."

#CreekFire in De Luz [update] Fire is pushing southwest of De Luz Road further onto Camp Pendleton towards Ammunition Road. Road closure on De Luz Road at Sandia Creek. Area along De Luz Road under mandatory evacuation. Additional resources moving onto Camp Pendleton. pic.twitter.com/8hGf6YbcXf

— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) December 24, 2020

Fallbrook High School, located at 2400 Stage Coach Lane, would be the temporary evacuation point, the department said.

It's not clear what started the blaze, but red flag warnings of high fire danger went into effect across large parts of Southern California on Wednesday due to gusty Santa Ana winds.

It prompted Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to shut off power to thousands of customers to reduce the risk of wildfires.